BioWare Talking About Next Mass Effect at Comic-Con -- What Are You Hoping to Learn?

Developers will talk about how they are trying new things while staying true to the series during panel next weekend at pop culture event.

Mass Effect fans eager for more information about the next Mass Effect game don't have much longer to wait. Thanks to the San Diego Comic-Con schedule recently coming online, we now know that BioWare will hold a panel on Saturday, July 26, where developers from the company's offices in Edmonton and Montreal will discuss their vision for the game.

The panel, "Charting a Course: Designing the Next Mass Effect," will be led by lead animator Carl Boulay, senior artist Noel Lukasewich, community manager Jessica Merizan, and producers Mike Gamble and Fabrice Condominas. The panelists will, according to the official description, "share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series."

If you're attending Comic-Con in person, you can sit it on the panel (if you can find a seat!) on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. in Room 25 ABC. The most recent update BioWare provided on the next Mass Effect game came during E3 in June, when the developer teased that the game will feature an entirely new set of characters, and will be set in a new region of the universe. The studio also laid out its bold plans for the game.

"We think fans of the series are going to be surprised at just how far we're going," a BioWare developer says about the game in the video above.

Though Comic-Con might be most associated with movies, TV, and...comics, games will be there, too. In addition to BioWare's Mass Effect panel, there will be talks from Ubisoft about Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4, as well as presentations by Microsoft for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. A new Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video will also be on display at Comic-Con, alongside the first-ever Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament.

For more on all the gaming-related events at this year's Comic-Con, be sure to read GameSpot's roundup. Editors will be on the ground at Comic-Con, which runs July 24-27, bringing you all the news as it happens.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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digigamerx
digigamerx

I think their going to make ME4 more open world like DA:I. That's not really a bad thing. Their really hyping up the game even in conceptual stages. Bioware devs, a little bit of advice. Don't hype up something that you can't deliver, otherwise people are only going to be disappointed again like the ending of ME3. Oh, and I did leave the limited feedback on their web page, much to what good it will do. I guess we will see in a few years time.

waelse1
waelse1

I would like to know where they hope to make changes to the series - in the combat, the style of storytelling, where do they see differences in the approach between the old series and what they hope to do now. I assume they will make combat sharper, IMO the powers were best in ME2 and weakened in ME3.

lilhurk1985187
lilhurk1985187

I want to know if two people are going to ruin this gam e like they did ME3. I want to know if they are going to KEEP their promises and not hide behind artistic integrity.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I want to know where in time does this game take place?

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

That the game is canceled and we don't have to deal with it? And they are giving up on the series for good?


Hell ill PAY the same money that i would to support the game to shut it down. A reverse Kickstarter if you will.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

So did is everybody satisfied with the fix of the ME3 endings? I'm playing thru the series now for the first time. I'm about 15% into ME2.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

I really missed some of the exploration and loot from the first game. Finding new armor and weapons made me happy. 

Daelusca
Daelusca

lmao...well, it is BioWare, so I'm shocked they haven't already announced how many fully g*y characters there are....seriously BioWare, enough with the force-feeding by your writers with agendas, just let us play great games.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

wooo, more concept art and people talking about a concept.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

What I want to see in ME4:

- Different playable races with selectable backstories (Like Dragon Age Origins).

-  Choices that actually make meaningful differences in the long run, as opposed to just superficial ones. I didn't like that I chose Anderson to be my counselor, only for Udina to replace him in ME3 regardless of my decision. It's like Bioware was just overwriting my decisions for the sake of driving the story the way they wanted to go. There are also other cases where seemingly important decisions had basically no effect on the overall path of the story.

- Various dynamic endings that can change drastically depending on your choices. No, I don't mean different coloured explosions. 

- The ability to buy different ships with different interiors for traveling purposes. ^ ^

wr3zzz
wr3zzz

ME3 would be considered as an all time classic had the game play ended after the final conversation between Shepard and Anderson at Citadel followed with rendered endgame scenes based on previous decisions to wrap up the trilogy with high emotions.  Instead the game got hijacked by someone's personal vanity project and ruined it for millions of us.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Too soon BioWare, too soon. Let us grief over that ending for another few years please.

corrus
corrus

Yeah right like they show trailer on E3 i am tired of this liars

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

What am I eager to learn?

How they plan to bring my Shepard back.


Can't play as my Shepard? Don't give a crap about ME4 then.

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

How much Garrus is all I wanna know. Space Boyfriend 4 lyfe

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

Something of substance beyond just "we created trees, yay!"

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Wait when did comic con become pop culture? I must be getting old because most people just make fun of this convention when I was in my teens ten years ago.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Anything would be nice. Mass Effect was one of my few missing games of E3. I'm interested in seeing how they're going to shake it up.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

I want to know more about the story, and I also want to know if you can still be an infiltrator.  I'm always an infiltrator.  

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

It might be decent...so many things they could do with the game...perhaps starting with letting you choose different races as a starting character. Elcor Vanguard FTW


I'm sure Bioware is probably going to get away from the sort of corridor-laced feel most of the games have had since KOTOR.  Can't imagine them not including a pilotable ship complete with upgrades. Just as long as we never get a choose-your-own-adventure ending again I am game.

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

Forget the haters. 


Mass Effect 3 ended up being my second favorite game of the last generation and M.E. 4 is my #1 most anticipated game that will be coming out in the forseeable future. The only thing that even comes close for me in pure anticipation is Visceral's Star Wars game. 


I'm pretty sure the setting of Mass Effect 4 will take place far into the future of the last Mass Effect as well as in an entirely new galaxy. ...but regardless I will be there money in hand on day one. 

leandrombraz
leandrombraz

@WolfGrey I would counter kickstart you. 


If you have no hopes for the franchise, quit it. You don't own it, there's other people that have different feelings about it than you do and want to see a sequence. You can just ignore the franchise from now on, nobody is forcing you to play

jemoedr
jemoedr

@WolfGrey You don't have to care. No one forces you to. So just shut up and let us enjoy this game...

magnetite2
magnetite2

@spartanx169x 

If by fix, you mean rewrite the ending? No, that was never going to happen. No matter how much the fans wanted it to. 

leandrombraz
leandrombraz

@spartanx169x You won't have as much trouble with it as long time fans had. There was a lot of expectations, a lot of hype in play, which bought disappointment. If you already know that the ending is problematic, you have no hype and will see it in a different perspective. The trilogy is awesome and the ending isn't as bad as the crying fans make it sound, even if it's filled with issues, don't let all the overreactions and out crying of the internet get into you.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@spartanx169x The short answer is no. But don't let that get you down. The series is totally worth playing through. 

jemoedr
jemoedr

@gokartmozart89 True, but having to drive through a bazillion mountains for 40 hours to find 1 resource was quiet annoying.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@Daelusca Force feeding? No one is making you play a particular sexual orientation. BioWare is simply giving people options. Not unlike real life. If you don't like diversity in your games, then maybe you shouldn't be playing BioWare titles. They've been doing it for over a decade now.

leandrombraz
leandrombraz

@TenraiSenshi Lets be fair here, Bioware was pioneer in this decision import system. Mass Effect is the first and so far only trilogy that tried something like that. There's several years between the day they started doing concepts and the release of ME3, a lot of things change in this time, mostly with something that is entirely new. It's perfectly understandable that some decisions from ME1 had to be rethink after some time. As the franchise progressed, they felt that Anderson and Udina would be best used if they had a more established role and, honestly, Anderson worked well as leader of earth's resistance and Udina always was the more political type, he fitted better in the hole and created the opportunity to have the coup plot.

 If they decide to do a new trilogy using save import, now they have experience. They can look at the first trilogy and see what worked and what didn't, plan ahead using this info. It isn't a first time thing anymore, which create a good scenario for Bioware to do a better job with the whole decision import thing. I'm looking forward to see what they will do.

magnetite2
magnetite2

@Dragon_Nexus 

You've had 3 games with Shepard. There's more to Mass Effect than Shepard. People need to look beyond "Shepard and his crew" as the center of the Mass Effect universe. There's tons more stories to tell about the other people in the universe.

hystavito
hystavito

@BlackBaldwin So it's unpopular culture? :)


I guess the stuff that used to be called "nerd" stuff has definitely gained more respect, but of course that all depends on the setting, region, crowd you're around, and so on.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@TruthSerum808 It would actually nice if it would be the same galaxy. Either in the past (krogan rebellion, first contact war, etc.) or during the rebuild just after the events of ME3.


There must be recognition spots, else you could just make a different franchise.

Greyslay
Greyslay

@TruthSerum808 I'm not sure if I'd get your hopes up that it will take place far into the future. Although I am just curious about the story above all else so maybe you will be right. As long as they have a Krogan squad-mate I don't care when and where it takes place.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@TruthSerum808 I doubt very much it'll take place in a new galaxy. If they do that there would be literally nothing familiar.

Might as well make it a whole new IP if you're going to wipe the slate clean completely in terms of races, technology and time frame.

magnetite2
magnetite2

@leandrombraz 

The fans use emotion instead of logic and common sense when it comes to the ending. There weren't any major issues, and a lot of the so-called issues were, as you say, made to look worse than they actually are. 

Daelusca
Daelusca

@gokartmozart89 It isn't "force-feeding" when 50% of all characters swing both ways? ...that's a bit "unlike real life" you know, in like, the real world. That's either attempting to appeal to g*y gamers or a social message....want some help guessing which it is (their lead writer is g*y btw)...mainly that is, I am certain they wouldn't do it if they thought they would lose it all....but they make good games (DA is reasonable and ME is the best series of all time).


If your only response is "you shouldn't be playing",...well, great commentary.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@magnetite2 @Dragon_Nexus Except I spent two hours designing her to be just right back when ME1 was new and I carried her through the entire series for four and a half years.

And for the sequel I'm meant to just shrug and make someone completely new.


I simply don't want to, thanks. I don't want to make a new person and tell their story, I grew to know my Shepard and like her more than any other crew member. Make a whole new crew, I'm fine with that, but I want *my* character back.


Frankly, making a Mass Effect 4 just feels like needless franchising to me. Like having a trilogy just isn't good enough, we need to churn it out year after year with a story that's going to go no-where because there's no clear end-goal in sight. Like Assassins Creed.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@hystavito @BlackBaldwin Yeah man. Bill Burr has a great bit about.

"You know when I was a kid nerds had shame. They had shame. They had terrible days at school. They were stuffed in lockers left there over night reading whatever they could find. Then in the morning janitor would let them out and they would get the crap kicked out of them for wearing the same stuff two days in a row.

Now they're walking around all proud. This is what happens when you get rid of bullying. It is. When you get rid of a species natural predator, it just grows out exponentially."